We hope you will join SARTS in Denver this November (2018):
Conversation with the filmmaker:
Trails of Hope and Terror
with Miguel De La Torre and Vincent De La Torre
Friday evening, November 16, 2018
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
1820 Broadway Avenue, Denver
SARTS: The Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies is proud to feature Denver’s own Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinix Studies at Illif School of Theology and screenwriter of Trails of Hope and Terror, a documentary illuminating the stories of people crossing the U.S. Mexico border, and based on the Miguel’s book of the same name published in 2009 with Orbis Press.
Vincent De La Torre, Miguel’s son and the film’s director and editor, will also participate in the program. Both were members of the production team that traveled to the U.S. border five times to walk the desert and interview humanitarian groups, social workers, legal professionals, the undocumented, and anti-immigration protesters.
The program will include a screening of portions of the film, and a talk back with the producers about the role of the arts in in shaping public consciousness and motivating social action around immigration and people on the move.
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Theological and Religious Explorations of Borders through the Arts
Convened by Maureen O’Connell and Claudio Carvalhaes
SARTS is pleased to announce its session on creative/artistic engagements with and/or responses to the reality of immigration in the United States.
The Power of Hope: Using Arts-Based Research for Education and Advocacy
Helen Boursier, College of St. Scholastica
*The Power of Hope* incorporates the experiences of refugee families seeking asylum as the backdrop for Arts-Based Research (ABR) which brings their testimonies vividly to life, enabling public access to witness the veracity of their suffering and their hopes and dreams for their children to receive safe asylum in the U.S.
The Borders of Wakanda: Black Panther as Cinematic Parable
Joel Mayward, Ph.D. candidate, University of St. Andrews
Black Panther raises important theological and ethical questions not only of race, but also of borders and alterity. Indeed, Black Panther could be considered a type of cinematic black liberation theology in the vein of J. Kameron Carter, speaking a new filmic grammar for engendering richer conversations about belonging without borders, both Wakandan and American.
Rips and Seams: Immigrant Women Stitching Healing and Wholeness into Worlds of Trauma and Loss
Rebecca Berru Davis, Montana State University - Billings
This paper examines how creative expression, carried out in collaborative settings, is a means to begin the small steps toward recovery among women whose lives have been ruptured by experiences of crossing borders.
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SARTS BOARD MEETINGS
The SARTS Board will meet Saturday, November 17, at a time and location to be announced.
Members of SARTS meet annually in conjunction with the AAR/SBL.
Typically, meetings include a Friday-night reception and event, with a session of papers on Saturday or Sunday, plus an architectural or museum tour.